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     The mission of this site is to make life easier for those marrying foreign nationals to do it correct, and make life easier for the S2s to tell the correct way for the administrative actions.

This webpage will be updated as I get time, and with YOUR input. Send input to this is also the question line from a person who has gone thru this process. You may write to her in English or Korean.

 
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A Guide to Immigration for Spouses of U.S. citizens in Korea
 
 
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English language homepage of the US Embassy, Seoul.

Korean language homepage of the US Embassy, Seoul.

 
MARRIAGE TASK

Immigrant visas (sometimes known as "green cards") are for persons who are immigrating to the U.S.; that is, persons who plan to live, work or study and remain permanently in America. Immigrant visas (IV) are a responsibility of the U.S. Department of State, Consular Affairs Bureau (CONS/IV). Most IVs require an underlying petition approved by the U.S. Justice Department, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) before any IV processing starts. If you have questions, please contact the responsible agency: CONS/IV or INS.

CONS/IV Seoul, Korea is open to the general public from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. IV applicants are seen by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 12:00. IV is closed to the public Wednesday afternoons and on both U.S. and Korean holidays.

If you have a question concerning IVs, please contact US Embassy at:

U.S. EMBASSY SEOUL, CONS/IV
82 Sejong-ro, Chongro-Ku, Seoul 110-710 KOREA or
Unit 15550, APO AP 96205-0001

INTL Fax: 822-397-4501,
DOMESTIC FAX: 02-397-4501, DSN FAX: 721-4501

IV information is also available by automated FAX from within Korea by calling 02-700-2510.

The American Embassy is closed on both U.S. and Korean holidays.

Get I-130 Immigration paperwork:

http://www.bcis.gov/graphics/formsfee/forms/files/i-130.pdf

This is the first part of the trek to being able to have your new wife travel with you, when you go to USA. Then you have to do a BIO form G-325A on yourself and your spouse. Below site you will find G-325A:

http://www.bcis.gov/graphics/formsfee/forms/fillables.htm

Info on INS Photograph Requirements which are required for BOTH sponsor and spouse:

http://www.bcis.gov/graphics/lawsregs/handbook/m-378.pdf

 

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An individual applying at a foreign service post for an immigrant visa and alien registration, i.e., completes the Form DS-230 Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration, should answer "yes" to the questions 33a and 33b on the form if he or she wants an SSN assigned.

 

http://uscis.gov/graphics/citizenship/

http://uscis.gov/graphics/citizenship/welcomeguide/index.htm#Online%20Version this page has a Korean one and other languages.

http://uscis.gov/graphics/citizenship/M-618_k.pdf This is the KOREAN PDF

 
A Guide to Immigration for Spouses of U.S. citizens in Korea (Korean Version) 
 
Also see: A story about the wedding process for the Korean wife, by a Korean wife (in Korean).

 

Civil Service and Military have special benefits for Naturalization

 "Expeditious naturalization under Section 319(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) exempts certain spouses of U.S. Government employees from the otherwise-applicable residence and physical presence requirements of naturalization." (Most do not know this!)

FAQ http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/rsrcs/pubs/19538.htm

Q: Does the Department of State require spouses to become U.S. citizens?
A: No, not any longer.

Q: Does the Department offer help to spouses who wish to naturalize?
A: Yes. The Family Liaison Office assists Department of State family members eligible for expeditious naturalization under Section 319(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which exempts certain spouses of U.S. Government employees from the otherwise-applicable residence and physical presence requirements of naturalization. (Naturalization under Section 319(b) does not exempt applicants from other requirements of naturalization, such as good moral character, knowledge of United States history and government, and English language skills.) For a Department employee's spouse to qualify under Section 319(b), the employee must be a U.S. citizen "regularly stationed abroad" as part of his or her employment. Additionally, the applicant must be in the United States at the time of naturalization and make a good faith declaration of intent to take up residence within the United States immediately upon the termination of employment abroad by the U.S. citizen spouse.

In order to qualify for FLO assistance with an application for naturalization under Section 319(b), the U.S. citizen employee must have been paneled for an overseas posting or be serving overseas with at least one year remaining on the assignment at the time of naturalization, and his or her eligible applicant spouse must have Lawful Permanent Resident Alien (LPRA) status in the United States. More details on the application process can be found in the FLO publication Naturalization under Immigration and Naturalization Act Section 319(b).

Q: How long does the expeditious naturalization process take?
A: Once the completed paperwork has been submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through FLO, the process takes on average six months.

Q: Why is this process called "expeditious?" The applicant still has to wait on average six months and the procedure is cumbersome.
A: The term "expeditious" refers to the fact that an applicant eligible for naturalization under Section 319(b) is not required to satisfy the normal three-year residency requirement generally applicable to applicants with U.S. citizen spouses. Many foreign-born spouses are newly married, have never lived in the United States and, because of overseas assignment, may have difficulty meeting the continuous three year residency requirement.

 

DHS Office of Citizenship Click here

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